Siyaphakama Zwide Schools Project

KaziBantu partners with the Kolisi Foundation, United Through Sport and Ubuntu Pathways

The  ‘Siyaphakama’ Zwide Schools Project is the Kolisi Foundation’s inaugural Education and Sports Development project. Named for Siya Kolisi and his mother, Phakama, ‘Siyaphakama’ – meaning We Are Rising – seeks to address the multitude of challenges facing township youth by creating a tailor-made programme. This programmes aims to address physical education, malnutrition, academic education, life skills and youth employment to help children and youth exit the poverty cycle and become active, positive contributors to society. The project is a collaborative initiative between the Kolisi Foundation, Ubuntu Pathways, United Through Sport, and KaziBantu, with a mission to help develop healthy, active, emotionally and academically stronger children while contributing to the broader development of the Zwide Community and beyond.

Meet our Partners

Siya and Rachel Kolisi co-founded the Kolisi Foundation with a vision to change the narratives of inequality in South Africa, responding with compassion and courage to the challenges faced by the nation. The Foundation seek to support people living in under-resourced communities in South Africa by providing resources, facilitating capacity-building and horizontal learning exchanges, and mobilising and advocating for systemic change. Its mission is shaped around three strategic focus areas: Food Security, Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and Education and Sports Development.

Ubuntu Pathways (formerly Ubuntu Education Fund) is a non-profit organization that provides an integrated support system of health, education, and social support in the townships of Gqeberha, South Africa. Ubuntu has redefined mainstream development models by focusing on the depth rather than breadth of their impact on the Zwide community.

United Through Sport is a charity working with participants from disadvantaged communities aged 5 – 35. We are focused on using the power of sport to help children and youth on their pathway to success. We are committed to the holistic development of each of our participants, focusing on their health, education and personal development.

The focus of The ‘Siyaphakama’ Zwide Schools Project is four-fold:

Goal 1: Support school nutrition in collaboration with KaziBantu

Goal 2: Leverage corporate and civil society partners for major infrastructural investment

Goal 3: Support sports and physical education programmes in collaboration with KaziBantu and United Through Sport

Goal 4: Support literacy and numeracy in collaboration with United Through Sport

Our Mission

To help develop healthy, active, emotionally and academically stronger children while contributing to the broader development of the Zwide Community and beyond.

Our Dream

We have a dream to see all children given an equal opportunity to learn and thrive in their academic and sporting abilities. We want to see schools in Zwide with high-quality training facilities, programmes and equipment. We want to see clear academic and sporting pathways from childhood to career. We want to see equitable access to opportunities for children to excel in academic, sporting and recreational activities within their communities.